Summer Lovin’

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Summertime is in full swing and we are loving every minute of it. Although summer has been flying by, there’s still plenty of time left to soak up the sun and rock tons of cool summer looks. To give you a little style inspo, the Trendsetters are  here to share their summer style tips while showcasing their favorite outfits of the season.

Michelle

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Not only am I sunshine’s #1 fan, but I’m also an advocate of eating ice cream daily and, of course, filling my wardrobe with as many sundresses as possible; therefore summer is definitely one of my favorite times of year.

I love dresses and rompers during the summer because they are so easy. You can just throw one on and you instantly look put together. This black and gray striped jersey dress from American Eagle is one of my favorites because it’s extremely versatile and flattering at the same time. It’s also basically a nightgown in comfort level, which is a huge plus in my book. I’ve recently been all about neutrals as well, so this dress has become a staple piece in my wardrobe for the summer.

Hats are my favorite way to add interest to an outfit in the summertime. Since it’s often scorching hot during Montana summers, layering can get tricky. Therefore, hats are my BFF. This floppy tan felt hat is from World Market, and fun fact, the cashier gave me a discount because he was a fan of the color. I absolutely love the way it elevates an outfit, pulling a look together while simultaneously being a pal on those bad hair days,

Lately I’ve been all about delicate jewelry. Not only does it add a dainty, feminine touch to your look, but it’s also lighter and more comfortable in the heat. This gold “hello” necklace is from Bohme and I’ve been loving the whimsy it brings to every outfit.

I’m finishing this look off with these brown huarache sandals from Target. I got these sandals years ago, and I love them because they are incredibly comfortable, versatile and the texture adds a fun pop to any look. And I’m not even kidding when I say that I literally get compliments on these sandals whenever I wear them, so shoutout to Target for that little ego boost!

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Corri

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Being a ‘summer baby’ means that I love the warm weather and everything that goes along with it–most importantly, an awesome summer wardrobe. Now, I’m known for wearing mostly black, even in warm weather, but I like to spice things up with more exciting colors- like white. Okay, maybe it’s not that exciting, but for me it is!

I am very laid-back in the summer and I like to keep my outfits really simple; basically, as long as it keeps me cool, but still looking stylish, then it’s perfect. To start each ensemble, I pick one statement piece to be the focus; for this look I chose this beautiful crocheted lace tank top. The delicate lace draws attention but isn’t overwhelming- plus it’s so comfortable and really lightweight!

I wanted my shorts to contrast with the top so that it would remain the center of attention, so I chose these classic, black shorts. This pair of shorts goes with any top and can be dressed up or down so easily! Perfect for a night out, or just going to brunch with friends.

I wanted this look to be a little more dressed up than casual, so I chose my trusty black booties rather than sandals. These are great because they give just about an inch of height, but they’re so comfortable to wear.

Last, but not least, is my black floppy hat. This has been a staple for me all summer, and this outfit was no exception. This hat is my favorite accessory; it classes up every single outfit and keeps the sun out of my eyes when I don’t want to bother with sunglasses.

This look is easy to replicate, and so perfect for hot summer weather!

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Azarel

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Summer sun is chasing those winter blues away, but I kept my favorite shade around. Navy blue is one of my favorite summertime colors, and it looks amazing on pretty much everyone.

My cotton sundress by Converse is a new favorite in my warm weather wardrobe. It’s simple, comfy, cute, and versatile. What more do you need?

I paired it with one of my favorite pieces, my YMI denim jacket. I love this jacket and believe that every girl needs one! I pair this jacket with dresses, tanks, blouses, everything; and it’s light enough that I can wear it and not cook myself on a warm day, while also protecting my arms from sunburns. It’s  great because it quickly dresses down any outfit, creating a fun and casual look- even if you just got off work.

For shoes I went with a simple sandal with a big navy blue bow. I got them at Cracker Barrel from their nautical line. I usually don’t wear open-toed shoes, but I just thought these were irresistible. The bow adds a girlish flare and keeps the outfit trendy.

Now, usually I’d have put in a bright statement piece, but I didn’t for this look. If you wanted to add something to an outfit like this, there are so many options! Bright red adds a big flare and really makes you stand out, while yellows and whites pair really well with this shade of blue to pull it all together. Spice it up with some pinks or oranges to really change up the look and catch a couple glances.

My hair is curly, so I usually just put in some mousse or hair gel and dry it with a diffuser! This style is super easy and works for long or short hair. Excellent for a quick updo and works for formal and casual events. Play it up by leaving it a little loose and messy or pull it nice and tight for a more mature, put together look- the choice is yours.

For my makeup, I went for that summer simplicity. Some light contouring to bring out my cheekbones, a warm gold/brown eye shadow blend to bring out my brown eyes and also keep a more natural look, then a bold color. Lips also stayed pretty muted with a shade almost identical to my natural lip color, just adding a little shimmer.

I love simple in summer. And with an outfit this basic, it’s so easy to play around with and really express your style using different accessories and makeup to show off who you are. So, although the winter blues have finally melted, my navy blue is definitely sticking around for the summer.

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Raneem

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Summer is everybody favorite season. You get to feel the heat, school’s off, and mostly you get hang out with your friends and do a lot of stuff together. Some people wear bright clothes for summer, some go darker, but I mostly like to wear a mix of the two. For this photoshoot I decided to go with my favorite attire, my long-sleeve plaid shirt from TJ Maxx that has LA Los Angeles on the back, which I wrapped around my waist.

I’m also wearing a pair of high waisted jeans from Forever 21 and my Hollister T-shirt, which is black and white to match the letters on plaid shirt. To top off my look I decided to wear my black Nike air max shoes from the Nike store. As for my hairstyle, I just straightened it and then curled the bottom tips of my hair. This is definitely my go-to look for the summer that I love to wear.

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Danh

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSummer… what a great season. The weather is sunny, the lake is warm, and last but not least- swimming! In the summer I like to switch my styles every day. Some days I like to be edgy, some girly, some casual, or sometimes even a skater girl. In this photo shoot I chose a look that was somewhat of a casual skater girl style. I love summer in Montana because we get to have a summer vacation from school, and hang out with friends and go tubing, surfing, or swimming on the lake.

Anyway, for this shoot I am wearing a white shirt from H&M, which is nice and light, keeping me cool in the heat. My shoes are from Dillard’s, and are super comfortable to wear all year round. The jeans are from Hollister and are perfect for any occasion- no matter the weather.

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Shayla

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSummer is finally in full swing which means I am outside soaking up the sun every second I can, whether that’s floating the river, hiking the M, or just walking around downtown.

As for what I wear during the summer, I usually I stick to short shorts and tank tops.

For this shoot I chose a pair of Hollister high-rise short shorts paired with a Forever 21 crop top. This outfit works for me  because I enjoy being very active during summer, so I want to be wearing something that I can do anything in. The last thing I want is to have the urge to do a cartwheel or a handstand and not be able to due to what I am wearing.

I love wearing plain shirts because it gives my accessories a chance to shine. For this shoot I went with a multi-chain gold necklace that is also from Hollister.

This look is fairly simple and easy to play around with!

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Wishing you all many more wonderful summer days. Have fun, be safe, be stylin’.

 

Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography

Oh Say Can You See

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetThe 4th of July is right around the corner and it may be a good idea to start thinking of the outfit you want to rock. Here at Trendsetters at the U, we like to take advantage of every holiday to express ourselves through our style and this holiday is no exception. Need some outfit inspo for this Independence Day? The Trendsetters are here to help!

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Corri

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI know a lot of folks like to get crazy on the 4th, and I am no exception! I really like to dress for comfort on this holiday because I know I will be outside almost all day, and I will likely be pretty active. I want to be just as comfortable at the start of the day as the end of it – and picking out the perfect outfit can be tricky!

Here in Montana it is usually pretty hot on the 4th, so I opted for a tank-top rather than a t-shirt. This red, lace-up, v-neck top is from Rue 21; and it is so comfy! This is somewhere between a crop-top and a regular length shirt, which makes it perfect for beating that summer heat while still staying warm when it gets dark out.

I opted for some short-shorts because I know I will either be outside in the heat, or near a fire. These shorts are super stretchy, so I don’t have to worry about being uncomfortable like I would be in jean shorts. I got these thrifting so I have no idea where they are from, but seriously, these things are so versatile! If you haven’t gotten yourself a pair of stretchy shorts for the summer, what are you waiting for?

For shoes I chose these sleek, black sandals from Old Navy. Not only do they dress the outfit up a little, but they are also super easy to slip on and off when I want to. They’re comfortable, and classy – the perfect combination.

I decided that I was feeling a little feisty this go-around, so I decided to channel my inner Demi Lovato and break out my white, lace choker. This piece is feminine, while also giving off a very fierce vibe. It can be paired with a dress to class it up, or like with this ensemble, be used to unleash your inner badass.

No ensemble is complete without a bold lip, and for this holiday, I finally got to break out my bright red lipstick. This really is the cherry on top of the whole ensemble, and I would highly suggest rocking this shade for your 4th of July festivities!

 

Mallory

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Processed with VSCO with b5 presetLet freedom ring this 4th of July with all the red, white, and blue that you could possible fit into one outfit. The more festive the better, right?

Nothing screams independence of the United States like a swimsuit and shorts that are blue with white stars and red and white stripes. Target has several different types of patriotic swimsuits to pick from that everybody will love. Hurry in to get yours before they run out this weekend! Missoula is lucky to have so many local businesses, so if you are in town stop by The Runners Edge to pick up these classic running shorts.

I love my swimsuit so much and will almost always spend the 4th on the lake; so it was tough for me to pick out a shirt that I would wear. A solid grey tank top will always match whatever I decide to wear for bottoms – whether it’s jean shorts or these festive running shorts.

Keep your feet safe around all those fireworks! Wear closed-toed shoes like this white pair of converse to protect your feet.

For this holiday I chose to keep my hair back with a traditional red bandana. You can do the same by picking up a bandana in any color at Joann Fabrics, Target, or even Wal-Mart. The options are endless!

Have fun discovering new items of clothing to put together this holiday from your closet! Also, don’t forget to put sunscreen on.

Krystyn

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1776 no more! Fashion is considered in the celebration of the 4th of July – from laid back lake festivities to formal gatherings. There are many ways to strut the pride of our nation; and it is always a great time to play with the color scheme of the USA and express your individuality as well.

For this Fourth of July ensemble I looked to Rosy the Riveter as inspiration, but decided to take a loose, alternative approach. Instead of the denim-eque patriotism she proudly adorns, I went for a classic revolutionary vibe with my high-waisted shorts from Forever21. This key piece has gold button embellishments with naval imprints strategically placed that are complemented by simple stitching. To draw attention to these shorts, I paired them with a turtle neck cut off from H&M, and strappy black sandals from Apt 9.

To show my patriotic spirit I chose a bandanna like Rosy, but to change it up I tied it around my neck. This option acted as a statement necklace without the weight of huge jewels. As for my hair, I let it go wild to match the free spirited vibe that I enjoy about the holiday.

Whether you’re adorned from head to toe in red, white, and blue-or just a few flag accessories- remember to play it safe, think of the troops, and enjoy time with friends and family.

Azarel

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Independence day, for my family is always a bustling day of work, and then scraping something together in the evening. Oftentimes I find myself running around the most – after kids, feeding people or cooking, finding the fireworks someone lost, etc. So I opt for comfortable, simple outfits that I can wear all day.

My shirt is a long, plaid, button-up tunic I found at Ross. It’s buttoned up most of the way and then the long bottom is tied up. High-waisted shorts compliment my figure and are actually very practical when you’re busy, because you’re not worrying about them sliding down.

My shoes I found at Cracker Barrel in the American Heritage section. They are a rubber, waterproof flat with a pattern of stars and stripes. This was the first time I’d worn them and they were very comfortable!

My hair is in a classic ponytail with my bangs out for ultimate practicality. Eyeliner and mascara with a gold lid was my only makeup. Super simple outfit that is perfect for a busy, patriotic holiday!

Thomas

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How is it already the 4th of July? This summer is going by way too fast, and I’m not sure how to feel about it. Now since my friends and I don’t usually go all-out on the fourth, I decided to go really casual with my outfit – casual enough to not wear black skinny jeans, which is my usual go-to.

Although it’s summer, I wanted to wear something that’s not too hot and not too cool; you never know how the weather will be. I pulled out my new Silver boyfriend style jeans from Maurices. Yes, I know they’re technically for women, but I’m a strong believer that fashion shouldn’t have gender – so why not break the norms a bit? Not to mention, they’re super comfy, and they practically feel like sweatpants, so they’re perfect for a nice casual barbecue.

Next, I threw on my basic black tee from H&M (surprise, surprise). Luckily, just last week I thrifted a basic blue and red flannel, and it’s the perfect fit for such an occasion. Even if it’s too hot outside for layers, it could easily be wrapped around your waist. To keep it nice and casual and cool, I just threw on a pair of Birkenstocks that I could easily kick off because I honestly hate wearing shoes during the summer.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun celebration! Just remember to be mindful of your neighbors, friends, and furry friends as well!

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Jillian

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It’s that time of year to pull out the hot dogs, fireworks, and your USA pride! The 4th of July is my favorite holiday, not only because of the fireworks and getting to dress up in red, white, and blue; but also the history that goes along with our Independence day. Being with friends and family, barbecuing and lighting off fireworks late into the night, celebrating our great nation – it’s truly my favorite past time.

I love that when it comes to picking out an outfit for the 4th, you can get as wacky or as classy as you want with it! From wearing American flag fanny packs and shorts, to wearing a red dress with white and blue accessories – you can’t go wrong because we’re all representing the same thing: ‘murica.

This year I decided to represent America with the classics: denim and my converse. On top I’m wearing a jean vest from American Eagle, and underneath that I have a cream, cross-back bralette from the same place. I wear these same shorts every year because they are such a classic! These high-waisted, blue shorts with stars and scalloping at the bottom are from Francesca’s. The scalloping on them is my favorite part! As mentioned above, on my feet are my Chuck Taylor Converse low-top shoes in white. They are so comfortable, so it makes them super easy to wear! In my hair I have a red bandana, and I think my bandana really pulls the outfit together, making it that classic American outfit.

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Michelle

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As an immigrant to this fine country (don’t panic, I’m legal) I have quite a fondness for celebrating America. Ya know, because of the American Dream and all that? Therefore, I love the 4th of July. I’m honestly down to dress for almost every occasion, so when it comes to my outfit on this holiday, some red, white and blue is definitely in order!

For this 4th of July inspired look, I’m wearing a pair of overalls which originated from a garage sale, then moved into my closet, then to my costume box and then back into my closet as they became trendy throughout the years. I’m extremely grateful I hung on to these bad boys as I have discovered that I’m the happiest version of myself when I’m wearing overalls. They make me feel like a child again while simultaneously making me feel stylish and cool, so you could say they are basically magic.

Underneath my overalls I am wearing a red, white and blue striped top from Target, which I may or may not have purchased with this photo shoot in mind. I love the playfulness of stripes when paired with overalls, so this combo was really something I was a big fan of when putting this look together.

I’m accessorizing with a red scrunchie to really up the 90′s flair, my gold “Michelle” necklace and am finishing the look off with my white Converse sneakers. These sneakers are ridiculously comfortable, super stylish and American as apple pie.

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Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography